Profile for Grand Rapids, Minnesota, MN
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Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for rapids which were eradicated when a local paper mill dammed the river
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Grand Rapids. For links to other places called Grand Rapids, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Grand Rapids is 47.237N. The longitude is -93.53W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,286 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 7,764.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Grand Rapids demographic reports
Grand Rapids is on the Mississippi River
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 10. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Judy Garland, singer and actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Judy Garland Festival - June 8-10, 2007
- Tall Timber Days - Aug. 4-5, 2007
- Greater Grand Rapids Rodeo - Aug. 4-5, 2007
- Itasca County Fair - Aug. 15-19, 2007
- Bluegrass Festival - June 15-17, 2007
- Woodcraft Festival - July 7-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Grand Rapids web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Scenic roads: Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway; Great River Road
Historic sites and museums: Forest History Center, Itasca Heritage Center, Judy Garland Birthplace and Children's Museum
Colleges and universities:
Itasca Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
24% of Grand Rapids residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Grand Rapids ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Grand Rapids was $17,223, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Grand Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Grand Rapids festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Judy Garland Festival - J
- Itasca County Fair - A
- Tall Timber Days - A
- Bluegrass Festival - J
- Greater Grand Rapids Rodeo - A
- Woodcraft Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Grand Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $373. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $713.
Libraries in Grand Rapids include Grand Rapids Area Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Grand Rapids include Grand Rapids Herald-Review
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KAXE.
Itasca County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Grand Rapids political report.
The average commute time for Grand Rapids workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Grand Rapids include Americinn Grand Rapids, Country Inn by Carlson, Super 8.
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